The beat is the perceived pulse that runs through the music. The time signature consists of the number of beats per bar, plus the note value that is defining the beat. With some great examples, get your head around this bit of music theory.
The final part of the series – which looks at the numbers and templates that provide the basis for strong and stable music writing.
In part 3, Mat Mckinley delves into “movement” – in other words, rhythm, the organisation of sonic data according to time.
In part 2, we explore the numbers of music a bit further.